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The Arbor Day Foundation is offering a new tree identification guidebook. Titled, What Tree is That? the field guide is meant to “help the average person identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process.” What Tree is That? features beautiful full-color illustrations of America’s most popular trees. The guidebook has been praised by amateur, as well as professional arborists for its user-friendly resources and detailed depictions of natural colors, shapes, and textures. To get a copy, send your name, address, and $5 for each guide to What Tree is That?, Arbor Day Foundation, Nebraska City, NE 68410. The book can also be ordered online at arborday.org ;

Learn holistic coaching skills at a Holistic Coaching Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 20 to 21 in Nipomo. Drs. Phillip and Jane Mountrose will convey those skills that could be applied to advance careers, enhance or build a holistic practice, and improve your communication. The Mountroses have written a dozen books on personal transformation, and co-direct the Awakenings Institute in Nipomo. For more information, visit gettingthru.org or call Awakenings at 931-0129 ;

New Los Osos-based company Sweet Alexis is baking and distributing egg-free, dairy-free, and nut-free baked goods for coffee shops, health food stores, and specialty shops. Their breads, muffins, and cookies are already available at New Frontiers in San Luis Obispo, Grande Foods, and Sunshine Health Foods. For more information visit sweetalexis.com ;

Earthscapes, a landscape company, will participate in the first water conservation fair hosted by Water Health 2 Outreach (WH2O) a non-profit group of volunteers committed to preserving water quality and supply. The free event will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the South Bay Community Center in Los Osos, from 1 to 4 p.m. View displays and products, consult with local businesses about water conservation and preserving water quality. Earthscapes will describe how to design water-efficient landscapes using native and drought-tolerant plantings, how to build irrigation systems using the latest smart technology, and how to design drainage and erosion control systems. Call 545-9600.


Intern Anna Weltner compiled this week’s Strokes and Plugs. Send your business news to strokes@newtimesslo.com.

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